Our colorful sweet potato-apple casserole is a great side dish to add to the holiday dinner table this year and it is a nice change-up from the candied sweet potato casserole that is so popular.
This is a savory-sweet casserole with the sweetness coming from the natural sugar in the yellow sweet potatoes and bright red apples. The savory is from a sauce made of shallots and garlic as well as a touch of white wine, seasoning, fresh thyme leaves and melted butter.
The sweet potatoes are peeled and sliced thinly. The apples are left un-peeled but with the cores removed and also thinly sliced.
I used an apple core tool pushed through the center of the apple to remove the core but a knife and melon ball scoop will also work.
I used my mandoline to slice both the potatoes and apples to the same thickness so they would cook evenly. If you do not have a mandoline just do the best you can with a knife.
The sweet potatoes and apples are alternated and arranged attractively on their sides around the inside edge and center of the casserole dish.
The savory sauce is poured over the potatoes and apples, then the casserole is oven-baked until the potatoes are tender-firm with a crispy golden crust.
When I was growing up our holiday dinner table always had a casserole of candied yams or candied sweet potatoes. It was overly sweet with brown sugar and maple syrup then heaped with marshmallows and baked until the marshmallows melted and turned golden.
I loved that casserole when I was a kid and it just would not have been a holiday without it.
As an adult I continued the tradition with our family for many years until I finally I realized that each year I was tossing out most of the un-eaten casserole.
How many tossed casseroles does it take to admit defeat? I finally had to acknowledge that my traditional, dessert-like recipe for sweet potato casserole was not that popular with our family. Boo hoo.. old traditions die hard.
This sweet potato-apple casserole makes a great replacement for that old tradition and I know we will not have any left-overs.
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Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 245 Total Fat 7g Saturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 15mg Sodium 136mg Carbohydrates 41g Fiber 6g Sugar 7g Protein 3g